Writer ✍ Filmmaker 🎬 Actor 🎭 Coder 💻 Humanist 🤝 Multipotentialite 💡 HERB.co 🍁

About Me

My name is Lucas Young. I was born in Bromley, London but lived most of my life in New Zealand. I returned to Bromley to live in 2019.

I describe myself as a multipotentialite, because I’ve yet to find a neat box or category into which I can be installed. As a child, the New Zealand Government sent people to test my I.Q. (because I kept reading books on lasers and holograms instead of playing rugby and being excited about cows) which was measured at 156. This made dealing with normality difficult but meant I was always interested in a huge variety of subjects.

At Auckland University, I studied astrophysics, quantum physics, electronics, computer science, philosophy, Russian and film.

I also studied hypnosis in my spare time and used it to entertain people at parties.

Ricky is about to wake up and bark like a dog whenever someone says his name…

At South Seas Film & Television School, I graduated as a director / editor and went to work at Television New Zealand as an editor.

After graduating, I went back to the school and taught classes in editing, DVD production, Flash animation and ActionScript.

I’ve written and/or directed a number of short films.

“La Banane Parfait” a pretentious art film, co-starring the late Booby the Dog

“The Game” with the talented John Clarke. An underground, live-streamed game show where the first contestant to spell a word wrongly is murdered for paying online guests…

“Taken Out” a horror where a seance goes wrong, and an unstable father goes on a murderous rampage after being possessed.

I was 2nd Assistant Director on a horror feature shot in Hollywood.

Serial Slayer / Claustrophobia. I was 2nd AD and did the blood FX. It starred Melanie Lynskey, Mary-Lyn Rajskub and Sheeri Rappaport.

I worked with Sir Peter Jackson’s team at Weta Digital in Wellington on the final Lord of the Rings film, Return of the King and I, Robot, doing F/X and render network stuff.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. I did the rotoscope work around the hobbit on the ground.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. I rotoscoped the eyes of the King of the Dead.

I once fell off a cliff, and that tale resulted in me winning a car on New Zealand’s version of Wheel of Fortune where I tried my best to make the host’s life difficult by using words like “erythrocyte” and “floccinaucinihilipilification”.

Winning Wheel of Fortune (and getting a new Mitsubishi Lancer GL). Also, I had hair.

I played Bearded Guard in Xena: Warrior Princess – “A Solstice Carol”

Xena: Warrior Princess – A Solstice Carol. That’s me with the sword, the menacing “Bearded Guard” (with no beard)

I was a web developer for 20 years, starting an agency called Digitalus Ltd along with business partner Daniel Crothers. Our agency still manages the Asia/Pacific web presence for Hasbro, Inc. During this time I was a business coach and mentor for a number of high school business teams as part of New Zealand’s “Young Enterprise Scheme“. One team won the regional championships, the other (“Cool It”) won both the regional and national championships.

I was one of the founders and CTO of the web’s largest online cannabis community, HERB (formerly The Stoner’s Cookbook), which I started in 2006 along with a friend. We originally created the site as a joke – a place for stoners to upload their favourite munchie food – and three years after we created it, The Stoner’s Cookbook became the number one cannabis recipe site on the net. We rebranded it to HERB and aimed it at the U.S. market where legalization was taking off (advertisers in the U.S. didn’t like the word “stoner”) and it now has more than 10.5 million followers on Facebook.

The original 2006 site looked like this:

The original design for The Stoner’s Cookbook

I co-wrote a cookbook: HERB: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis along with two professional cannabis chefs.

Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis

After the success of HERB I’ve had the time to explore other opportunities such as learning to act!

In the last couple of years, I’ve lived and travelled in and around France. I’m studying and qualifying part-time in Machine learning / Artificial Intelligence / Deep Learning projects using TensorFlow and Python. Fun stuff like Convolutional Neural Networks, Recurrent Neural Networks and Generative Adversarial Networks. It’s so cool – I mean, look what AI can do already: Realtime Object Detection in Video I’m building a library that’s currently analysing the Harry Potter books and trying to generate “new” stories.

I have a YouTube Channel where I vlog and post videos – when I get time.

I’m involved in bitcoin and blockchain / cryptocurrency development and investment. I’m part of the Ecomi team, developing a new crypto currency and secure wallet, and also becoming a Smart Contract developer using Solidity.

I’m working on a number of iOS apps.

I made a short documentary about Swiss contact juggler Joseph Viatte.

I’m a business mentor and friends with a number of beatboxers in France, and I’m learning to beatbox (it’s hard).

I just finished the first draft of a sci-fi/drama YA novel I aim to turn into a screenplay.

In January 2018 I took the week-long Acting Event at The Reel Scene and it was life-changing. We worked with Shobu Kapoor (Bend it Like Beckham, Citizen Khan), Manpreet Bachu (Doctor Who, Humans), Manpreet Bambra and David Schaal (The Inbetweeners). Since then I’ve had the honour of working with these actors and others such as Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender’s Game, Journey’s End) through the Reel Scene.

My headshot / CV

My headshot / CV

My new Reel Scene family

My new Reel Scene family

I’m networking here in London and getting back into the industry, this time as a writer/director/actor. I’m working at The Reel Scene as their digital manager as well as being a student on their Screen Acting Year Course and Asa Butterfield Masterclass. I also write scripts for them and direct/shoot/edit a lot of the student performances.

With Alex Fidelski of The Reel Scene and Asa Butterfield

With Alex Fidelski of The Reel Scene and Asa Butterfield

In 2019 I helped devise and acted in a short film produced by The Reel Scene called “Nobody Sees.” I was also the offline editor.

I received a nomination for best actor for my part in this film.

Interviewed about my nomination at the Gold Movie Awards Christmas Party 2019

Interviewed about my best actor nomination


Photo call at a Gold Movie Awards event with William MOseley, David Schaal and Steve North

Photocall at the movie awards event with William Moseley, David Schaal and Steve North


Red Carpet time

Red Carpet time

I played the part of Lenny in the film All Those Things. I was also 1st AD on another film, 2nd AD on an upcoming feature film and developing a game with Asa Butterfield. I’m also developing a number of mobile apps, improving my beatbox and frequently travelling to France.

I also play a lot of games. Add me on Steam or PSN: recursive_schism or Nintendo Switch: SW-4883-8944-7970

My Online Presence

Interview on the “Chloe and..” podcast

Interview at Startup Savant, 21 Nov 2016

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/lucasjbyoung

Facebook: fb.me/pr0fess0r

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1173564/

PSN: recursive_schism

Steam: pr0fess0r (http://steamcommunity.com/id/lucasjbyoung)

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110210691301036525608

Twitter: @lucasjbyoung

Instagram: @lucasjbyoung

LinkedIn: https://nz.linkedin.com/in/pr0fess0r

VKontakte: http://vk.com/pr0fess0r

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LucasYoung

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pr0fess0r/

Snapchat: @lucasjbyoung

Tumblr: http://pr0fess0r.tumblr.com/

LINE: agent.lucas

Peach: pr0fess0r

Founder/CTO: HERB (formerly The Stoners Cookbook) (2006) http://herb.co

– Digitalus Ltd
– Webistry
– The Stoner’s Cookbook
– LYDC Ltd
– DSLE Ltd

Favourite Quotes?

Чо-за хуйня

“Can a sea anemone see an enemy sea anemone?”
– Me

“I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference”
– Robert Frost

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”
– Saint Thomas Aquinas

“My New year’s resolution is 1920 * 1280”
– Me

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”
– Dr Seuss

“It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents.”
-Eric Hoffer

“Only a life lived for others is worth living”
– Albert Einstein

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